I know I was only supposed to write on one of the three types of learning, but this article on transformative learning was so great. When I first read about transformative writing in the text it grabbed my attention and inspired me to want and strive for this type of learning in my classroom. Can we influence people into a deeper sense of change by what we teach? I hope so.
I liked what Laurence Cohen said in this video about transformative learning. He engages his students on the assumption that they experience the learning process as he did -- with melancholy and a general sense of oppression. He says the teacher can not be the only active participant in a classroom where transformative learning takes place, and leaves us with the question -- where do we go from here?
It was interesting to see this concept in a learning model, and that the process of transformational learning is so deeply ingrained in a very personal process through dilemma to action phases. I wonder what happens to people who don't make it all the way through the phases -- I suppose they don't fully "transform" but I wonder if engaging in part of the process plants the seed and makes it easier to try again in the future.
Finally, experiential learning is dear to me as it is the way I learn and, though I love to read and appreciate a great set of instructions, I truly appreciate the robust offering of experiential learning. This will no doubt be the ticket to my success as an instructor.
Kolb's four-stage learning model outlined here clearly demonstrates how experiential learning can
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In my classroom, a practical component would be ideal -- teaching journalism students could conduct interviews, edit copy, and pitch real editors on story ideas. In trades communications, students could identify real life issues, develop a plan to address them, and move forward with the plan or components of it.